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Friday, June 24, 2005OPRAH TO BOYCOTT HERMES AFTER PARIS SNUB: Friends say clerks knew darn well who she was when denying her entry.
Now, you know racism is bad when Oprah Winfrey is refused entry to a store. I guess in this crazy world we are living in, money doesn't always talk. Anyway, I bet the average North Africans that people see in other countries, don't look like Oprah. Who are these people trying to kid?
*You can’t just refuse to let Oprah Winfrey into your store and not expect severe consequences and repercussions.
As previously reported, the talk show maven – recently voted Forbes magazine’s No 1 celebrity – was in Paris last weekend and wanted to dash into Hermes at closing time, which was just after 6:30 p.m. According to a source for the New York Post, she politely asked a sales clerk if she could just pop in and buy a watch for her dinner partner that evening, Tina Turner.
Not only did the clerk tell her no, but the store manager came out from the back to reinforce the clerk’s refusal.
It had previously been reported that neither the clerk nor the manager recognized that it was Oprah Winfrey standing before them because she wasn’t in full hair and makeup, and furthermore, they'd been "having a problem with North Africans lately."
But a source tells the New York Daily News: "They knew exactly who she was. They specifically said, 'We know who you are.'"